The first Philadelphia Eagles 2011 preseason game is in the can. The Eagles beat the visiting Baltimore Ravens, with the green and silver offensive starters only playing for one series. It’s not easy to get excited about preseason football, but it IS football, and the Eagles have become one of the most exciting teams to talk about since the lockout ended. With so many new acquisitions, signings and trades, there are high hopes and we were all waiting to see this team take the field. Obviously not much can be garnered from very little play, but what we saw was impressive. Quarterback Michael Vick looked accurate and quick, taking the team down the field for a touchdown on the first drive. The new Defense under new Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo looked fast, and it was welcome to see them swarming the Ravens quarterbacks on almost every play. Even questions about our rookie kicker and punter seemed to be satisfied.
But again, it is preseason, and only the first of four at that. Some of those players on the field in the later quarters will not be on the team in just a few short weeks. There is also the concern about Jeremy Maclin’s mystery illness, as well as Mike Patterson’s skull blood vessel complications to see work out.
The Eagles management has shown us that they had a plan for the offseason, and are still in the process of executing that plan. The next few weeks will see some adjustments to the team, and we will soon see what the new Eagles will become.
Next week they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers for the second preseason game, and we expect to see the starters play almost the whole first half.
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